Dr. Jason Kihle is currently Associate Professor of Percussion and Associate Director of Bands at the University of Jamestown in North Dakota. He teaches applied percussion, percussion ensemble, percussion techniques, jazz band and pep band. His previous appointment was at Texas A&M University–Kingsville where he was Associate Professor of Percussion and Associate Director of Bands. Dr. Kihle taught percussion ensemble, percussion methods, applied percussion, basic conducting and applied drum set. He also directed the concert band, founded the Latin Jazz Ensemble, and directed the Pride of South Texas Marching Band.
Dr. Kihle has taught music in public schools in Arizona, Colorado and North Dakota. He has studied percussion with Mike Blake, Jim White, Gray Barrier, Michael Spiro, and Mark Ford. Dr. Kihle has been published in Early Music Colorado Quarterly, The Instrumentalist, The Educator’s Companion and Percussive Notes. He has been a presenter at the Minot State University Northwest International Festival of Music, the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy, the state music education association conferences of North Dakota, Wyoming, California, and Iowa and the NAfME National Conference.
Dr. Kihle has performed with the Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Wind Ensemble, Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, and the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed at the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy, the International Double Reed Society Convention, Texas Music Educators Association, the National Flute Association Convention, College Music Society National and Regional Conferences, the Montreaux Jazz Festival and the International Thespian Festival. He performed Concertino for Marimba by Paul Creston at California State University Los Angeles in the spring of 2013. He commissioned Silencio for solo marimba from Nathan Daughtrey and gave its world premiere in the fall of 2016. Along with Elizabeth Janzen, he commissioned ANS for flute and marimba from Trevor Weston for the College Music Society 2019 National Convention. His compositions are published by Bachovich Publications.
Dr. Kihle is a member of PAS, NAfME, TMEA, NACWPI, CMS, KKP, TBS, and ASCAP. He is also a member of the Percussive Arts Society University Pedagogy Committee. Dr. Kihle is an artist/endorser for Innovative Percussion, Yamaha, Black Swamp, Remo and Zildjian.
My Favorite Course to Teach
Scholarly and Creative Works
Percussion Pedagogy in the Large Ensemble (2019), Bachovich Publications, 2020.
- The Rivening, marimba duet (2019), Bachovich Publications, 2021.
- Marimba Focus, marimba book (2021), unpublished.
- The Battle of Guagamela, four tambourines (2021), unpublished.
- The Drum Also Talks, conga ensemble (2021), unpublished.
- Austerlitz, snare drum ensemble (2021), unpublished.
- The Rise of the Roman Empire, drumline (2021), unpublished.
- Invictus Arduis, percussion ensemble (2021), unpublished.
- Audaces Fortuna Juvat, percussion ensemble (2021), unpublished.
- H2O Volume II: A Reading Resource for Snare Drum, snare drum (2020), unpublished.
- Fortitudine Vincimus, percussion ensemble (2020), unpublished.
- Acta, Non Verba, percussion ensemble (2020), unpublished.
- Marimba Elements, marimba book (2018), Bachovich Publications, 2020.
- Set Focus: An Introduction to Drum Set for the Experienced Percussionist, drum set book(2018), Bachovich Publications, 2019.
- H2O: A Reading Resource for Snare Drum, snare drum (2018), Bachovich Publications, 2018.
- Countess Diabola, marimba solo (2018) Bachovich Publications, 2018.
- Elementa, timpani solo (2017) Bachovich Publications, 2018.
- Infinity Engine, marimba solo (2017), Bachovich Publications, November 2017.
- The Mind’s Key: An Agent Nia Tale, multiple percussion solo (2016) Bachovich Publications, 2017.
- Barrier, timpani solo (2011), Bachovich Publications, 2016.
- Sammons, Michael, Jeff Crowell, Teddy Hall and Jason Kihle. “The Vibraphone’s Role in the College Percussion Curriculum.” Percussive Notes, 59/1 (February, 2021), pp. 52-58.
- Kihle, J.J. and Licata, Julie. (2020). “University Pedagogy: Connecting Course Objectives to Assignments.” Percussive Notes, 58/6 (December, 2020), pp. 52-5.
- Kihle, J.J. and Licata, Julie. (2020). “University Pedagogy: Writing Syllabi.” Percussive Notes, 58/1 (February, 2020), pp. 40-42.
- Kihle, J.J. (2017). “Solo Snare Drum Repertoire: A Survey of the Literature.” Percussive Notes, 55/4 (July, 2017), pp. 46-48.
- Kihle, J.J. (2016). “Basic Concepts for Teaching Crash Cymbals.” The PAS Educators Companion, 2/1 (Spring, 2016), pp. 28-33.
- Kihle, J.J. (2015). “Fixing Percussion Problems During Rehearsals.” The Instrumentalist 70/2 (September, 2015), pp. 35-37.
- Kihle, J.J. (2011). “The Timpani and the Court.” Early Music Colorado Quarterly 19/3 (Fall, 2011), pp. 4-5.
- Kihle, J.J. (2010). “Mallet Percussion Tips.” The Instrumentalist 64/8 (March, 2010), pp. 45-47.
- Kihle, J.J. (2007). “The Drum and the Dance.” Early Music Colorado Quarterly 15/4 (Winter, 2007-08), pp. 5-6.
SCHOLARLY AND CREATIVE ACTIVITY
A selection of Dr. Kihle’s activity is listed below. For a complete list, please download his CV.
|2021||University of Jamestown Faculty Recital, Dances of Earth and Fire, Mvt. II by Peter Klatzow|
|2020||University of Jamestown Faculty Recital, Sara’s Song by Michael Burritt|
|2019||Jamestown Music Boosters Performance, Footpath by David Samuels|
|2019||University of Jamestown Faculty Recital, Velocities by Joseph Schwantner|
|2018||Kingsville Symphony Orchestra, Two’s Company by Thea Musgrave|
|2017||TAMUK Faculty Chamber and Solo Recital, Dances of Earth and Fire, Mvt. I by Peter Klatzow|
|2016||TAMUK Faculty Chamber and Solo Recital, Merlin by Andrew Thomas|
|2011, 2019||Kingsville Symphony Orchestra (substitute)|
|2009-2019||Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra (substitute)|
|2015||Kingsville Community Choir (marimba)|
|2014||Laredo Symphony Orchestra (substitute)|
|2004-2008||Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra (substitute)|
Duo Cuentista Performances (with Dr. Ann Fronkowiak, oboe)
|2015||TAMUK—faculty chamber recital|
|2014||TAMUK—faculty chamber recital|
|2012||HM King High School|
|2012||Kingsville Public Library—program included a world premiere of …Wind, Wood… by John Bacon, composed for Duo Cuentista|
|2012||International Double Reed Society Conference at Miami University of Ohio|
|2012||Harlingen, Texas—Operation O.B.O.E. camp|
Trio Ekatra Performances
Chamber Ensemble Performances (various instrumentations)
|2021||Curtains (drum set)
University of Jamestown Theater
|2019||Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder (percussion)
University of Jamestown Theater
|2019||CMS National Conference with Elizabeth Janzen
ANS by Trevor Weston
|2018||TAMUK Faculty Chamber Performance with Dr. Michael Wahlquist
The First Sentence of Ulysses by James Joyce by Jason Kihle
Carbon Speed Dating by Michael Wahlquist
|2016||PAS Valley Day of Percussion
The Sky Is the Limit by Yukiko Nishimura (marimba)
|2021||ALLEZ! for Horn and Vibraphone
Nathan Daughtrey (Commissioned with Dr. Laura Lynch)
|2019||ANS for Marimba and Flute
Commissioned for the CMS National Conference with Elizabeth Janzen
|2018||Framing Silence for Solo Marimba
Warren Ertle Commission Consortium
|2016||Silencio for Solo Marimba
|2013||Lilac Vignettes for Oboe and Xylophone
|2013||Illusion for Clarinet and Marimba
|2012||…wood, wind… for Oboe and Multiple Percussion
|2010||Adagio for Oboe and Marimba
AWARDS AND GRANTS
|Civic Engagement Project Award
Funding awarded to establish a steel band at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Group was coached by C.J. Menge, a steel pan specialist from Austin, TX. Concerts were given at TAMUK, HMK High School and the Kingsville Public Library
Role: Co-Pi with Professor Randy Fluman
|Civic Engagement Project Award
Funding awarded to put on joint faculty/student chamber concerts on campus and in the community. Students received weekly coaching from faculty, helped with commissioning and premiering a new oboe and percussion duet, and helped to arrange concerts at the Kingsville Public Library, HMK High School, and TAMUK campus.
Role: Co-Pi with Dr. Ann Fronckowiak
|2017-current||Zildjian Educational Artist, Zildjian Corporation, Norwell, MA|
|2016-current||Remo Educational Artist, Remo Corporation, Valencia, CA|
|2015-current||Black Swamp Educational Artist, Black Swamp Corporation, Zeeland, MI|
|2013-current||Yamaha Performing Artist, Yamaha Corporation, Buena Park, CA|
|2009-current||Innovative Percussion Artist, Innovative Percussion Corporation, Nashville, TN|
|2007||Co-Winner of the Southard Competition
Merlin by Andrew Thomas University of Northern Colorado
|1998||Outstanding Achievement in Percussion Performance
University of North Dakota
|1996||Outstanding Achievement in Percussion Performance
University of North Dakota
Professional Affiliations and Memberships
|Membership in Professional Societies|
|2016-present||American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers|
|2010-present||National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors|
|2010-present||Tau Beta Sigma|
|2009-present||Kappa Kappa Psi|
|2008-present||National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy|
|2008-present||College Music Society|
|2008-present||Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA)|
|2008-present||National Association for Music Education|
|1995-present||Percussive Arts Society|
|Leadership Roles in Professional Societies|
|2021||Vice President of the North Dakota Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society|
|2016-2021||Member of Percussive Arts Society University Pedagogy Committee|